Does Poor Sleep Affect the Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Let’s face it, we all have days where we just feel like we could use a few more hours of sleep. But, if you notice your aging relative frequently dozing off or complaining of sleepiness during the day, new research suggests they may be at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep and Alzheimer’s Study One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease are beta-amyloid deposits that build up in the brain. Researchers looked at information gathered from 123 participants who were at an ... Read more

How to Cope with Suspicions in a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease

Elderly adults living with Alzheimer's disease can exhibit a wide range of behaviors and symptoms associated with their cognitive functioning decline. As the disease progresses and more brain cells are lost to the disease, your senior's perception of the world around them, and how they are able to interact with it, changes. For those in the moderate to advanced stages of the disease, this can include delusions and suspicions. Your parent may believe things that are irrational, or carry serious suspicions such ... Read more

Some Items That Enable Your Dad to Live Alone After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Your dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago. He's forgetful, but his doctor doesn't feel he needs to be moved from his home yet. As long as you're monitoring his safety and eliminating potential risks, he can age in place. How do you ensure he's safe? Here are five items you need to take a closer look at. Security Cameras It feels wrong. You've set up security cameras for the purpose of monitoring your dad from a distance. It does feel slightly ... Read more

Tips for Talking to Your Parent About Financial and Legal Planning After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

There are more than five million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. If you are the family caregiver for one of these people, it is likely that you have thought about what this disease will mean for your senior's future and for the care that you will need to give them. You already know that you will need to give them additional physical and emotional support, and eventually arrange for continuous care, such as through a ... Read more

What Kinds of Changes Might You Notice in the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease with Your Senior?

So many changes come with an Alzheimer's diagnosis. One that might be more difficult for you and your aging adult to manage can be the communication problems that Alzheimer's can bring. Here are just a few of the ways that your communication might change with your elderly family member. Trouble Finding Words for Common Items Once in a while you may even have trouble finding the right word for an object or concept. On its own, this doesn't mean that you or your ... Read more